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June 25, 2020

Va. has 432 new COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths

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Mask wearing in public and social distancing have helped Virginia slow the spread of COVID-19, health officials agree. The commonwealth on July 1 will enter Phase 3 of reopening.
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• When: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

• Criteria: Fever and/or symptoms of respiratory illness.

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Thursday morning COVID-19 update from the Virginia Department of Health:

415 total cases in Fauquier County since the pandemic began — down 2 from Wednesday’s report. (The health department reports reflect declines when testing determines cases diagnosed as “probable” turn out not to be COVID-19.)

59,946 Virginia cases — up 432 since Wednesday. The total includes 57,384 confirmed and 2,562 “probable” infections.

1,675 deaths statewide — up 14 since Wednesday. Of the fatalities, the health department classified COVID-19 as the confirmed cause in 1,572 and “probable” in 103.

590,404 diagnostic tests statewide — up 16,391 since Wednesday. Over the past seven days, 6 percent of those tests were positive, continuing a downward trend.

Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 over the course of the pandemic totaled at 5,955 as of Thursday, unchanged from Wednesday.

But, the health department notes that its hospitalization figure — based on status at the time each case gets investigated — “underrepresents” the actual total.

Since the pandemic began, 7,818 “confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged,” according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.

State hospitals housed 854 infected patients Thursday, down 32, according to the association.

That puts total Virginia hospitalizations during the pandemic at 8,672.

Virginia hospitalizations for COVID-19 peaked at 1,625 patients on May 8.

Healthcare providers and laboratories report statistics to the state as of 5 p.m. each day. The health department updates its report the following morning.

Twenty-six infected Fauquier patients have been hospitalized and 6 have died since the pandemic started.

In the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District, which includes Fauquier:

• 803 cases, 61 hospitalizations and 9 deaths in Culpeper.

• 142 infections, 14 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in Orange.

• 43 infections, 4 hospitalizations and 1 death in Madison.

• 20 cases and 1 hospitalization in Rappahannock.

The district has 18 COVID-19 deaths, and 106 infected patients have been hospitalized during the pandemic.

The health department reported 12,164 diagnostic tests in the district so far, up 158 from
Wednesday. Over the last seven days, 4 percent of tests conducted in the five-county district were positive.

Cases elsewhere in Virginia:

• 13,611 in Fairfax County — up 53 since Wednesday.

Prince William County, 7,064.

Loudoun County, 3,739.

Chesterfield County, 2,735.

Henrico County, 2,500.

Arlington County, 2,445.

City of Alexandria, 2,271.

City of Richmond, 2,089.

City of Manassas, 1,374.

Virginia Beach, 1,053.

Accomack County, 1,037.

Stafford County, 954.

Spotsylvania County, 931.

City of Harrisonburg, 907.

City of Chesapeake, 800.

City of Norfolk, 795.

Rockingham County, 674.

Buckingham County, 555.

Shenandoah County, 552.

City of Newport News, 466.

Frederick County, 464.

City of Portsmouth, 442.

City of Manassas Park, 417.

Hanover County, 412.

City of Suffolk, 389.

Albemarle County, 367.

City of Roanoke, 359.

Greensville County, 351.

James City County (including Williamsburg), 303.

City of Winchester, 301.

Richmond County, 295.

City of Hampton, 281.

Northampton County, 269.

Warren County, 269.

Page County, 266.

City of Galax, 238.

Mecklenburg County, 238.

City of Fredericksburg, 236.

Henry County, 232.

Prince George County, 222.

City of Petersburg, 212.

Roanoke County, 200.

Carroll County, 200.

Sussex County, 193.

City of Charlottesville, 193.

Prince Edward County, 178.

Augusta County, 178.

Isle of Wight County, 168.

City of Hopewell, 163.

Southampton County, 155.

City of Colonial Heights, 142.

Dinwiddie County, 129.

Caroline County, 126.

City of Emporia, 124.

City of Lynchburg, 122.

Goochland County, 118.

Montgomery County, 116.

Louisa County, 112.

Fluvanna County, 107.

Nottoway County, 107.

York County, 106.

Bedford County, 106.

Nationwide as of Thursday morning:

2,381,369 cases.

• 121,979 deaths.

• 656,161 have recovered.

• 28.56 million tests conducted.
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Michael Keating · June 29, 2020 at 4:40 pm
It is so heart breaking news. I was actually busy in my research work on a website but as I got to see your notification I just checked it out. I always prefer your post and never neglect it. Thank you for sharing the updated stuff.
Mark House · June 27, 2020 at 9:35 pm
DougF - Really? A cheesecloth mask? Would anyone with more than a could of brain cells to rub together think that CHEESECLOTH would be considered a good mask? Give me a break man! You know I am talking about masks that have several layers of material with a filter in between. Don't be so literal. Jesus H. Christ what is wrong with some of you? And don't be too sure that I would agree with anything you say, when it's all about stats, no empathy, from you.
DougF · June 26, 2020 at 9:23 am
MH -- One consequence of having infections ten times higher than cases is that the Infection Fatality Rate (IFR) is much lower. The current estimate of IFR is .26% overall, and since the median age of death is 80+, the median IFR for those under seventy, based on serology tests, is estimated at .04%.

By comparison, the IFR for the flu is estimated between .05% - .1%. I'm sure you agree that flu deaths matter as well.

As for you statement that "any mask is better than no mask", do you have any scientific evidence to back up that statement, or is that statement simply a belief? I'm asking because the mask mandate is based on the belief that asymptomatic people spread SARS-CoV-2. Asymptomatics don't exhale large droplets. I haven't seen evidence that demonstrates, for example, cheesecloth worn bandana style will stop small droplets.
Mark House · June 26, 2020 at 8:22 am
AngryBob - Any mask is better then no mask. Yes, everyone having access to a N95 or other professional masks would be great but they are still not available to the general public.

"CDC chief says cases may be 10 times higher than reported -

CDC Director Robert Redfield said the estimate is based on blood samples that look for the presence of antibodies. For every confirmed case of covid-19, 10 more people had antibodies."

AngryBob · June 26, 2020 at 3:22 am
MH: I was stating that the mask in the photo is not effective. It has an open exhaust port, so the droplets from the person's rancid disease hole blow straight out.

It's a mask for sanding drywall, and nothing more.
Mark House · June 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm
AngryBob - Only 14 more deaths! This thing will disappear like a miracle. Sure it will if you act like it doesn't exist or that other people don't matter.

Only 14 more deaths, Big deal! That's nothing unless it's someone you know.....
AngryBob · June 25, 2020 at 12:01 pm
The type of mask in that headline photo does nothing to prevent spreading the Wuflu.
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